Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Friday, July 15, 2016

155 Years Ago: Du Pont Writes About Confederate Privateers

JULY 15TH, 1861:  Captain Du Pont wrote:  "The Department are [sic] worried about privateers increasing so.  Lieutenant Semmes  has sent ... [vessels] into Cuba, but the Captain General ordered them to be immediately restored to their commanders."

Du Pont also noted that the privateer Jefferson Davis, "which has ventured so far north," was also causing concern.

Confederate privateers struck out boldly against Northern commerce and generated distress among shipping interests.  However, as the naval blockade tightened and ports and coastal havens were seized by amphibious assault and other naval actions, operations of Confederate raiders became increasingly difficult and restricted.

Money to ne Made.  --Old B-R'er


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